Regular or premium unleaded? Follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
We really enjoy your column! Our car is a 1992 Honda Accord.
man tells us that we would get better mileage as well as a
if we use unleaded premium gas instead of the recommended --
and cheaper --
plain unleaded. We do not have money to waste. What do you
say? -- George
TOM: Well, if you had money to waste, I'd say sure, use
RAY: A waste of your money is ALL you'll get from premium
fuel in your car,
George. Some cars require premium gasoline because they have
compression ratios and require the higher octane fuel to
But yours isn't one of those cars.
TOM: You won't get measurably better mileage, you won't get
engine (because almost all regular unleaded has the same
in premium gasolines), and your car will create more
RAY: Sounds like a deal, huh?
TOM: So stick with the manufacturer's recommendation for
octane. No more,
no less. And save your hard-earned money for luxuries you'll
be able to
really enjoy-- like crushed Corinthian seat covers.